This book remains one of the best books I have ever read. My sixth form English literature teacher at school said that you had to give every book youThis book remains one of the best books I have ever read. My sixth form English literature teacher at school said that you had to give every book you read 50 pages before you could decide if it was going to be good or if it was a book you could put aside and not read. Being the way I am I'm not really like that with books, I tend to keep going regardless. But I always remember him saying that just before I read this book for the first time for my world war one literature course during the second year of a-levels. Then, like now, I found the comment strange because this is a book that grips you visually and emotionally from the outset.
I decided that now was the time to re-read it coming up to 7 years after reading it the first time because I had seen that bbc1 were going to be doing a 2 part dramatisation of it. I thought that it was something I would enjoy watching more if I reminded myself of the story and what it was all about. As I discovered watching the first part of the dramatisation last week the tv show and the book are very different in the layout.
If you like books with gripping visuals and descriptive language then you will enjoy this one. It is sad and in some places gory, but it's a gripping book that you don't want to end. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction, stories about the war, or books were it feels like you are living through the main character. I've come home every night wanting to spend hours reading this book but I've been too tired to do so. Definitely one to make sure you've got some time to dedicate to because it's hard to put down....more
There is something satisfying about reading a book of this length in paperback form rather than as a kindle edition. On looking at the book, you couldThere is something satisfying about reading a book of this length in paperback form rather than as a kindle edition. On looking at the book, you could be forgiven that it might be better used as a doorstop, or something of that nature. It is large, and as american editions of books seem to have these days, has a flat spine, which makes bending the book over on itself a challenging job. This is definitely a book that you have to sit up and read, its too big to try to curl up in bed with.
This was a very good book though. I was gripped by the storyline. Whilst I am a lover of all tudor fiction, this approached the period in a unique way in comparison to all of the past books that I have read. A lot of authors demonise Henry for the way he treated people, but this book approaches it so that he demonises himself in a way. Told from Henry's "point of view" this book gives you the story of a King who had, it would be fair to say, a somewhat uneventful 38 year reign - once you take out the number of wives and the way he treated them. The characters are familiar, but the descriptions are not. Margaret George has done a fantastic job here of bringing Henry to life with all his failings and successes.
Don't be put off by the title "The Autobiography...", this is not a traditional autobiography, it is very much towards the fictional side rather than non fiction. It is easy to read (once you get past the number of pages it is) and it is difficult to put down once you are into it. I would read it again....more
I found myself unable to breath through this account of escape from the world trade centre. I remember being in high school and watching the events unI found myself unable to breath through this account of escape from the world trade centre. I remember being in high school and watching the events unfold on the news which was shocking enough but this account brings the events to life as if you were there....more